The upper area of Trailside houses several species of raptors, or birds that prey upon other animals, such as the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus), Long-eared Owl (Asio otus), Barred Owl (Strix varia), Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), and Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio), Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), and Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura). Our largest raptor is also the least common; the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) has bounced back from its precipitous decline but continues to be closely monitored.
All of the birds at Trailside sustained injuries in the wild. They have been rehabilited, but the birds are non-releasable because the injuries have resulted in permanent disabilities.
Please do not feed bread to birds, including geese and ducks. Processed foods are not nutritious and healthy for wildlife and can lead to disease and developmental disabilities. Angel wing in water fowl is an example. It is a permanent disability–the last joint of the wing feathers points out laterally rather than resting against the body. It’s a common problem among geese and other water fowl where people feed bread and other processed foods to geese.